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Lincoln Center at Home Dance Week  | Open: 05/30/20 Close: 06/04/20
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) announces a week devoted to dance from Saturday, May 30 to Thursday, June 4, 2020.

 

Part of Lincoln Center at Home (#LincolnCenterAtHome), the offerings, which will be streamed at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page, were filmed during more than 40 years of performances on the Lincoln Center Campus by such renowned institutions as Ballet Hispánico, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

 

Sat 5/30 at 2pm:      Ballet Hispánico

Sat 5/30 at 8pm:      A Midsummer Night's Dream, New York City Ballet

Sun 5/31 at 8pm:     American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House

Mon 6/1 at 7pm:      The School of American Ballet Virtual Workshop Performance Celebration

Tue 6/2 at 8pm:       Coppélia, New York City Ballet

Wed 6/3 at 8pm:      Tribute to Balanchine, New York City Ballet

Thu 6/4 at 8pm:       Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

 

(All times listed EST. New York City Ballet titles are available for 45 days after premiere dates.)

 

Some of the broadcasts have not been seen in decades and are being unlocked as Lincoln Center offers gems from its media archives, including landmark New York City Ballet works by George Balanchine, the company's co-founder, with some dancers in the roles that Balanchine created for them. 

 

Dance Week will include special themed Pop-Up Classrooms, with a full schedule to be announced at a later date.

 

Lincoln Center will also make available some of its most loved Broadway productions for free with Broadway Fridays, beginning on Friday, June 5, 2020 with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel with the New York Philharmonic.

 

Lincoln Center at Home is dedicated to maintaining connections to the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic. A free, one-stop portal to all digital offerings from across the iconic campus, offerings also include Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom, and #ConcertsForKids, as well as array of archival and livestream performancesavailable for free and on demand at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page.

 

Dance Week:

CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana: Ballet Hispánico - Encore Presentation

Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 2pm EST

(2015 Lincoln Center at the Movies)

Ballet Hispánico will "whisk us away to contemporary dance's hottest spot" (Washington Post) in this imaginative and theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired contemporary dance at its best. In Club Havana, the intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba. Hailed as a "masterpiece" by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's CARMEN.maquia is a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet's classic opera about a passionate gypsy. Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.

 

Ballet Hispánico's production of CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana for Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance is made possible by The Arnhold Foundation.

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream, New York City Ballet

Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 8pm EST

(1986 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)

A beloved classic, George Balanchine's enchanting full-evening adaptation of Shakespeare's magical comedy is choreographed to music by the great German composer Felix Mendelssohn. The ballet premiered on April 24, 1964, opening New York City Ballet's first repertory season at the New York State Theater (today the David H. Koch Theater). The cast includes Maria Calegari (Titania), Ib Andersen (Oberon), and Jean-Pierre Frohlich (Puck). Robert Irving conducts the NYCB Orchestra. 

 

American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House 

Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 8pm EST

(1978 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)

An evening of repertory includes the Act III Grand Pas de Deux of Don Quixote with Natalia Makarova and Fernando Bujones, Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides, set to music by Chopin, with Rebecca Wright, Marianna Tcherkassky and Ivan Nagy leading the cast, and George Balanchine's plotless ballet Theme and Variationsperformed by Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov to the glorious Tchaikovsky score.  Rounding out the broadcast is Fokine's Firebird, a magical tale of the legendary creature who helps two noble lovers overcome an evil sorcerer, set to an iridescent score by Stravinsky. 

 

The School of American Ballet Virtual Workshop Performance Celebration

Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7pm EST

The School of American Ballet premieres recent outstanding highlights of the School's annual Workshop Performances at Lincoln Center's Peter Jay Sharp Theater, with commentary and insight from the School's artistic leaders, Jonathan Stafford and Kay Mazzo, distinguished alumni Justin Peck and Maria Kowroski, and SAB's senior faculty member Suki Schorer. This special event also includes the announcement of the 2020 Mae L. Wien Awards for Outstanding Promise, a distinction awarded to three senior students who show significant potential for high professional achievement.  Past performances to be screened in their entirety include Justin Peck's In Creases and Jerome Robbins's Circus Polka (both 2018), the pas de deux from George Balanchine's Agon (2019), and George Balanchine's Scotch Symphony (2017). 

 

Coppélia, New York City Ballet

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 8pm EST

(1978 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)

Coppélia, considered one of the greatest comic ballets of the 19th Century, is the tale of a mad inventor and the life-like doll he creates. Like The Nutcracker, the story is based on the writing of E.T.A. Hoffmann. George Balanchine choreographed his version with ballerina Alexandra Danilova (after Marius Petipa)in 1974, set to the 1870 score by French composer Léo Delibes. This Live From Lincoln Center rebroadcast features the ballet's original leading dancers, Patricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson, and Shaun O'Brien. 

 

Tribute to Balanchine, New York City Ballet

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 8pm EST

(1983 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)

After George Balanchine's death on April 30, 1983, the New York City Ballet honored its founding genius in this tribute performance to the legendary choreographer, who co-founded NYCB in 1948 and created more than 120 works for his company. In this Live From Lincoln Center rebroadcast, the company presents three of these ballets: Vienna Waltzes to music by Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehar, and Richard Strauss, features Kyra Nichols and Sean Lavery, Heather Watts and Helgi Tomasson, Elyse Borne and Bart Cook, Karin von Aroldingen and Peter Martins, and Suzanne Farrell and Adam Lüders; Mozartiana to music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky, is led by Suzanne Farrell, Victor Castelli, and Ib Andersen; and Who Cares?, to music by George Gershwin as adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay, features Lourdes Lopez, Patricia McBride, Heather Watts, and Sean Lavery. Robert Irving conducts the NYCB Orchestra. 

 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater:

Chroma, Grace, Takademe, Revelations

Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 8pm EST

(2015 Lincoln Center at the Movies)

Witness an iconic masterpiece of American dance, Alvin Ailey's Revelations, described by The New York Times as "one of the great works of the human spirit." This soulful tour de force draws on African-American spirituals, gospel songs, and holy blues. The program also includes Wayne McGregor's sumptuous Chroma, with orchestrations of songs by The White Stripes; Ronald K. Brown's Grace, a powerful meeting of modern and West African dance to music by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis, and Fela Kuti; and Robert Battle's humorous, high-flying Takademe.

 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's production of Revelations, Chroma, Grace,and Takademe for Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance is supported by a grant from the Howard Gilman Foundation.

 

Special thanks to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispánico, New York City Ballet, The George Balanchine Trusts, and The School of American Ballet for their generosity.

 

New York City Ballet's presentations are made possible through the cooperation of the American Guild of Musical Artists, American Federation of Musicians Local 802, Theatrical Protective Union Local No. One, Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764, and United Scenic Artists Local 829.

 

For digital offerings from Lincoln Center's resident organizations, please visitLincolnCenter.org or individual websites.

 

 

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Live From Lincoln Center is made possible by The Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation, The family of Robert Wood Johnson III, The Robert and Renée Belfer Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance is made possible by Founding Partners Jody and John Arnhold and the Howard Gilman Foundation.   

 

Additional support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nora and James Orphanides, Orphanides & Associates LLC, Stuart Coleman, the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

 

Lincoln Center at Home is made possible by Founding Partner The Audrey and Martin Gruss Discovery Fund. Additional support is provided by PGIM, the Global Investment Management Business of Prudential Financial, Inc., Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, Comcast NBCUniversal, and Lincoln Center's generous donors and supporters.

 

Lincoln Center's artistic excellence is made possible by the dedication and generosity of our board members.

 

Public support for Lincoln Center is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Kathleen Hughes, Acting Commissioner, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center

 

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San Francisco Ballet: Romeo and Juliet  | Open: 05/11/20 Close: 05/11/20
Lincoln Center at Home (#LincolnCenterAtHome) presents San Francisco Ballet: Romeo and Juliet on May 11, 2020. As a part of this new initiative, viewers can watch archival Lincoln Center performances, available for free and on demand at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page.

 

Monday, May 11, 2020 at 5:30pm EST

San Francisco Ballet: Romeo and Juliet 

(2015 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)

With its passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and celebrated score by Sergei Prokofiev, this colorful and emotional retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet has packed houses around the world. Helgi Tomasson's bravura interpretation of the Bard's greatest tragedy "lifts Shakespeare's complex and familiar language off the gilded pages and translates it into lucid classical choreography that is visceral, fresh, and ultimately sublime." (The Huffington Post)

with Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan in the title roles

WATCH HERE: https://www.facebook.com/LincolnCenterNYC/

 

Lincoln Center at Home (#LincolnCenterAtHome is dedicated to maintaining connections to the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic. A free, one-stop portal to all digital offerings from across the iconic campus, offerings also include Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom, and #ConcertsForKids, as well an array of archival and livestream performances available for free and on demand at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page. Visit LincolnCenter.org to watch and view a weekly schedule.

 

Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:30pm EST

As part of their new initiative, SF Ballet @ Home, San Francisco Ballet will stream their full-length production of Romeo and Juliet as recorded on May 8, 2015 in the War Memorial Opera House with Mathilde Froustey and Carlo Di Lanno in the title roles.

WATCH HERE

 

SF Ballet @ Home invites the public to stay connected to SF Ballet while sheltering in place. Every Friday, SF Ballet streams a complete ballet from the archives on Facebook, IGTV, YouTube, and the SF Ballet website, calling on regional, national, and international audiences to relish the joy of dance from the comfort of their homes-all free of charge. New, live commentary by SF Ballet dancers and artistic staff accompanies each stream, offering a behind-the-scenes look into the roles of the Company's artists. Each stream is made available for one week. With this timeline, SF Ballet hopes to inspire in-the-moment discussions about the role dance plays in this time of worldwide discovery, digital innovation, and artistic creation.  

 

"Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet has long been among the world's most elegant and refined companies. Though from a wide variety of backgrounds, the dancers share the same virtues of intensely elegant clarity, high refinement, and fervent commitment."

The New York Times

 

ABOUT Romeo & Juliet

Helgi Tomasson's Romeo & Juliet premiered during SF Ballet's 1994 Repertory Season. Set to Sergei Prokofiev's score, the full-length production features lighting design by Thomas R. Skelton and "opulent" (LA Times) Italian Renaissance designs by Jens-Jacob Worssae, marking Worssae's final collaboration with Tomasson before he passed away shortly after the ballet's premiere. "I think it was the most beautiful work he'd ever done, and yet he did not see it," Tomasson said about the ballet's designs. "That's [one] reason why this production is very, very special to me."

 

Shakespeare's story of ill-fated lovers is illuminated through Tomasson's classical choreography, which is sharp and spirited in times of triumph, solemn and lyrical in times of loss, and sensual in moments of romantic passion. Included in Romeo & Juliet is the choreographed sword-fighting scenes, which Martino (Marty) Pistone choreographed in tandem with Tomasson. Actor, teacher, and movie stunt man Pistone expressed the desire to create "a dichotomy," where Tomasson's "classical ballet matched up with stage combat, semi-realism...when the fights break out, it's a whole different movement which accentuates the illusion of violence that you see between these two families." True to the era, characters fight with rapiers, daggers, bucklers, and capes in tightly choreographed scenes requiring hours of rehearsal. 

 

Romeo & Juliet inaugurated Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance in 2015, when it was shown at cinemas nationwide. The ballet has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bolshoi Theatre (balcony pas de deux), and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. SF Ballet most recently performed Tomasson's Romeo & Juliet on tour at The Royal Danish Opera House in Copenhagen, Denmark, October 30-November 2, 2019.

 

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Lincoln Center at Home presents Ballet Hispánico  | Open: 04/10/20 Close: 04/10/20
Lincoln Center at Home presents Ballet Hispánico on April 10, 2020. As a part of this new initiative, viewers can watch archival Lincoln Center performances, available for free and on demand at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page.

 

Friday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Ballet Hispanico will "whisk us away to contemporary dance's hottest spot" (Washington Post) in this imaginative and theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired contemporary dance at its best. In Club Havana, the intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba. Hailed as a "masterpiece" by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's CARMEN.maquia is a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet's classic opera about a passionate gypsy. Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.

http://lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/show/ballet-hispanico

 

Ballet Hispánico continues its 50th Anniversary Celebration this year as the fourth presentation from Lincoln Center at Home's archival performances. Ballet Hispánico's Christopher Hernandez and Marcos Rodriguez in CARMEN.maquia

 

In addition, the company has introduced B Unidos, a new Instagram video series that features a series of videos posted created by the three arms of the Ballet Hispánico: the professional Company, the School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and featuring the hashtag #BUnidos at www.instagram.com/ballethispanicoedu/.

 

Each weekday at 3pm ET, the company releases a new video generated by the dancers, teachers and administrators with the goal of serving as class, exercise, and inspiration: Motivational Mondays (inspirational messages), Take Action Tuesdays (technique tips for young dancers), Wepa Wednesdays (explorations of the many varied styles of Latin Dance), Therapeutic Thursdays (focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching), and Flashback Fridays (retrospective looks at past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico's archives). The series also includes weekly Facebook Watch Parties of past company shows every Wednesday at 7pm, followed by live Q&A sessions with dancers.

 

"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts. The personal and professional challenges that we have already endured and will continue to face over the next few weeks or months are significant. What we can take from this time of cancellations, uncertainty and social distancing is a chance to use our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Ballet Hispánico was founded upon and has always believed in the importance of reaching and servicing our community through dance and culture. As this pandemic occurs during our 50th Anniversary, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, get back to our roots by reaching out to community near and far, and look forward to what is ahead."

 

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing people together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latino cultures for 50 years. Over the past five decades, Ballet Hispánico's mission-driven ethos has been a catalyst of change for communities throughout our nation. By bringing the richness of the Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education and social advocacy, Ballet Hispánico is a cultural ambassador. The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose artistic vision responds to the need for social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all. Ballet Hispánico has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for diversity. The art we create explores and celebrates the culture without the trappings of stereotypes. We foster the pursuit of art as a way of providing transformation through the exploration of the human condition. Our art often defies gravity, acting as a frontline against cultural division by releasing preconceived notions of culture and instead offering our audiences new perspectives. 

 

Shanghai Ballet and China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd. 
present
GRAND SWAN LAKE
at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
January 17-19, 2020

Shanghai Ballet and China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd.presentDerek Deane's Grand Swan Lake from January 17-19, 2020at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC. Tickets are $36-$176, and will be available online at DavidHKochTheater.com, by phone at 212-496-0600, or by visiting the David H. Koch Theater Box Office at 20 Lincoln Center Plaza. Performances: Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.
 
Shanghai Ballet comes to the David H. Koch Theater with its internationally prominent and critically acclaimed Grand Swan Lake. With 48 swans on stage, the production was directed and staged by Derek Deane, formerly the Artistic Director of English National Ballet and currently Artistic Director of Shanghai Ballet with his team. The show toured to Netherlands and Belgium from December to January of 2015/16 and August to October 2017 with respectively 26 and 40 successful performances. The Swan Lake also went to Melbourne, Australia in April/May 2017, and Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria in November/December 2018 with other triumphant 30 performances. Featuring principal dancers Wu Husheng and Qi Bingxue as well as international guest stars, the grand version Swan Lake, with more than 80 dancers' participation, will follow the timeless tragic love story of Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried and feature the timeless music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed live by the New York City Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Charles Barker from American Ballet Theatre. 

With sets and costumes by Peter Farmer, and lighting design by Howard Harrison, Shanghai Ballet's Grand Swan Lake is renowned for its choreographic crispness, sweeping and lush visuals, and the awe-inspiring skill.
 
 
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Derek Deane joined The Royal Ballet in 1972 and rapidly rose through the ranks to become Senior Principal in 1980. He danced all the major roles in the repertoire including specially created roles by many of the world's leading choreographers. Having created numerous ballets for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, Deane left The Royal Ballet in 1989 in order to create a wider body of choreographic works. From September 1990 until October 1992 he was Deputy Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer at the Teatro dell' Opera in Rome. Since October 1992, he has staged and choreographed productions throughout Italy and created ballets in the USA, France, Japan and South Africa.Derek Deane was appointed Artistic Director of English National Ballet and English National Ballet School in the spring of 1993. His choreography for the Company includes a re-staging of Marius Petipa's Grand Pas from Paquita, a new production of Giselle, which premiered in 1994 and a new production of Alice in Wonderland, Which premiered in 1995. Other works in English National Ballet's repertoire include Impromptu, Which he originally choreographed for The Royal Ballet. In September 1995 he was the subject of a BBC television documentary which took the form of a year long video diary.Deane also choreographed a unique staging of The Nutcracker, which premiered in 1997 and performed the role of Drosselmeyer when it returned to the London Coliseum in December 1998 and 1999. His new production of Romeo and Juliet in the round was premiered in 1998 at the Royal Albert Hall and was later re-staged by Deane for a spring tour in 1999. Deane's production of Swan Lake, which premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in 1997, received two nominations for the Laurence Olivier Awards in February 1998. In 1999 this production was seen by a record 250,000 people worldwide in a tour that performed at arena venues in Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane before returning to the UK for a 5-venue tour. In summer 2000, Deane choreographed The Sleeping Beauty, his third in-the-round production, which was performed at the Royal Albert Hall.Derek Deane was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2000.
 
Admitted into the Shanghai Dance School, Xin Lili (Director of Shanghai Ballet) majored in ballet in 1973 and graduated with excellence in 1979. In the same year, she was assigned to Shanghai Ballet and later became a principal dancer. In 2000Lili was appointed Artistic Associate of Shanghai Ballet and in July 2001, she was appointed as Artistic Director of Shanghai Ballet. She was appointed to be Director of Shanghai Ballet in September 2011. With purely graceful and lyrical temperament, Lili performed outstandingly on the stage and she danced principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Romeo & Juliet, as well as in Chinese ballets The White-haired Girl, Thunderstorm, Song of Youth, Soul, and the Butterfly Lovers. As a choreographer, she has shown her talent in a modern pas de deux Twine choreographed by herself. Lili won Silver Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1987. She won 1st Grand Prix Couple in the Third Paris International Dance Competition (Classical) with her partner Yang Xinhua in 1988. She was awarded the title of Shanghai Top Ten Young Artists in 1993 and twice awarded Baosteel Prize for Excellent Performer of Classical Arts in 1993 and 1999. She won the Shanghai Brave Female Award in 1994. Since her appointment as Artistic Director, Shanghai Ballet has introduced English versions of Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, a French version of Coppelia and La Sylphide, and George Balanchine's Serenade, La Valse. The company created A Sigh of Love(2006), The Last Mission of Marco Polo (2010), The Nutcracker (Shanghai Grand Theatre Version, 2010), Jane Eyre (2012), The Echoes of Eternity (2015), Hamlet (2016), The Sleeping Beauty (Shanghai Ballet Version, 2018) and Bright Red Star. Lili technically trained Fan Xiaofeng, Sun Shenyi, Ji Pingping, Wu Husheng to win Gold Medals in the International Ballet Competitions. In December 2001, she created and choreographed the Butterfly Lovers, which premiered in the closing ceremony of Shanghai International Arts Festival. In August 2003, she was elected to be Deputy Chairman of Shanghai Dancers' Association. In November 2006, she coached dancers and took part in the First Asia Pacific Ballet Festival in Korea. In June 2010, she was invited to attend the 60th Anniversary of English National Ballet and performed as the Mother in Swan Lake. In December 2014, she was elected to be Chairman of Shanghai Dancers' Association. In 2016, Lili was invited to be the Chairman of Arts Council. From 2001 to 2018, she was invited to be the jury member of Shanghai International Ballet Competition, Russian Benoit Ballet Competition, New York International Ballet Competition, Prix Benois de la Danse, Cape Town International Ballet Competition and Mogolian International Ballet Competition, among many others.
 
Entering the Shanghai Dance School in 1997, Wu Husheng became a dancer of the Shanghai Ballet after his graduation in 2003 and was promoted to be the first principal dancer in 2010. He has danced main roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty),Jane Eyre, Echoes of Eternity, Hamlet, Giselle, The White-haired Girl, The Butterfly Lovers, Bright Red Star, and The Nutcracker (Shanghai Grand Theatre's Version). He also performed George Balanchine's Serenade, La Valse, and modern pieces Conversation with Chopin, La Danse du Stravinsky, Grand Pas de Bach, Web5, and The Song of the Mother. Wu has won numerous awards, including the Special Jury Award at 3rd Shanghai International Ballet Competition in June 2004, the 'Shanghai Labor Medal' and 'Young Talent of Shanghai Arts Culture' in 2012, Best Actor Award in 24th Shanghai Magnolia Stage Performance Award, 'Shanghai Literature and Art Award' in 2013, and the Best Male Dancer of the 10th China Dance Lotus Award in 2016. He participated in the performance in Nijinsky with Hamburg State Opera in 2012. He choreographed the contemporary piece Blackthorn in July, 2018. He won 6th Shanghai International Ballet Competition Choreography Award with his contemporary piece Adieu, and his choreography Smile in the Dream won the prize for "the Best Choreographer" in Excellent Performance of Young Dancers in 2018.
 
Entering the Shanghai Dance School in 2007, Qi Bingxue became a dancer of the Shanghai Ballet after her graduation in 2014. She has danced main roles in The White-haired Girl, Echoes of Eternity, Hamlet, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Giselle, Jane Eyre, The Last Mission of Marco Polo, and The Sleeping Beauty (Shanghai Ballet Version), and performed important solos and leading dances in The Nutcracker (Shanghai Grand Theatre's Version) and Bright Red Star. She also performed in The Butterfly Lovers and A Sigh of Love. She won the First Prize at 3rd Beijing International Ballet and Choreographer Competition. She won the Gold Award at 5th Shanghai International Ballet Competition and the Best Female Dancer of the 10th China Dance Lotus Award in 2016. 
 

About Shanghai Ballet
Shanghai Ballet was founded in 1966, and formally named in 1979 by The White-haired Girl performing team. The ballet The White-haired Girl won the Gold Medal of the Best Classical Dance Works of the 20th Century in China, which helped establish the company's predominant position in the world of China's ballet circle. 

Spanning over 30 years, Shanghai Ballet embraces a blend of traditional and Western dance styles, and has created and staged numerous ballets including Swan Lake (Derek Deane), Jane Eyre (Patrick de BANA), The Butterfly Lovers (Xin Lili), A Sigh of Love (Bertrand d'At), Echoes of Eternity (Patrick de BANA), Hamlet (Derek Deane), The Last Mission of Marco Polo (Jose Martinez), and Shanghai Grand Theatre's version of The Nutcracker (Derek Deane).
 
Shanghai Ballet is active in cooperation and cultural exchange with the artists and companies both abroad and at home. The company not only tours nationwide but also visits many countries and regions, including the U.S.A., U.K, Canada, France, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Finland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
 
For more information, visit http://www.shanghaiballet.com/shblwt/n49/index.html.
 
About China Arts and Entertainment Group, Ltd.
As China's sole central state-owned cultural enterprise that has performance and exhibition business worldwide, China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd. (CAEG) has developed a nationwide market network of international performing arts, art exhibitions, cultural tourism and theater operation, and set up branches in major cities in China as well as some European and American countries. As the largest importer of international performances and exhibitions in China and the world's largest exporter of Chinese performances and exhibitions, CAEG stages on average over 4,000 different kinds of performances, exhibitions and other cultural activities in over 200 cities in dozens of countries and regions, attracting over 10 million attendees every year.
 
Performance Dates and Times:
FRIDAY, January 17, 2020 | 7:30PM
SATURDAY, January 18, 2020 | 1:00PM
SATURDAY, January 18, 2020 | 7:30PM
SUNDAY, January 19, 2020 | 1:00PM
 
Ticket Price: $36-$176
Tickets available at: 212-496-0600 or DavidHKochTheater.com
 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) will enter its 25th year as a not-for-profit service organization with its annual gala, the TRU Love Benefit. This year’s theme is Embracing the Unlimited: A Celebration of Inclusion in the Arts. After 10 years of Sunday brunch benefits, TRU is moving into the evening on November 6, 2016 beginning at 6pm with pre-show cocktails at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center lobby, awards and performance in the Auditorium, plus a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception afterwards at the upcoming Lincoln Center exhibition of costumes from Olivier and Tony Award winning musicals, Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York. Reception will feature a Silent Auction and a Live Auction whose prizes will include an $8000 cruise to anywhere in the world.

 

Tickets will go on sale on September 9, 2016. VIP Honoree tickets will be $200 and will include reserved seating at both performance and reception; VIP tickets will be $150 and will include reserved seating at performance and unreserved seating at reception and exhibition. There will also be a $90 show-only general admission ticket, all to go on sale on Friday 9/9, so save the date now. Check for performer updates and more information at http://truonline.org/events/2016-tru-love/.

 

TRU will be proudly recognizing three people who are each helping to change the landscape of theater in highly individual ways. The 2016 TRU Spirit of Theater Award will be awarded to theater and film producer Ron Simons (Hughie with Forrest Whitaker, The Gin Game with Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones, revivals of A Streetcar Named Desire and Porgy & Bess, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Turn Me Loose with Joe Morton) for expanding opportunities for African-American artists in commercial theater, and encouraging narratives that dig deeply into the under-represented communities' struggle for dignity and acceptance; the TRU Humanitarian Award will be presented to Shakina Nayfack, transgender activist, actor (TV's "Difficult People") and producer, for her work nurturing and developing new voices through the Musical Theater Factory as well as giving the transgender community a strong, eloquent political voice; and the TRU Entrepreneur Award will go to Jennifer Ashley Tepper, theater historian, producer, Director of Programming at Feinstein's/54 Below, author of The Untold Stories of Broadway historical series (Volume 3 released the week of our benefit) for being a leading force in bringing the discussion of Broadway histories and traditions to contemporary musical theater and successfully tapping into the cultural zeitgeist.

 

The celebration will take place on Sunday November 6, 2016 Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and the second floor exhibition space, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023. It will begin at 6pm

Tickets will go on sale on September 9, 2016 at http://truonline.org/events/2016-tru-love/.

 

“If theater is to survive, it needs to recognize and reflect the variety of lives and experiences all around us. This year we take special pride in acknowledging the achievements of people who are working to expand our cultural experience,” says TRU executive director Bob Ost. “We’re celebrating diversity, and everyone’s invited to the party!”

 

The proceeds from this event directly benefit the programs of Theater Resources Unlimited, a not-for-profit service organization that educates people in the business of the arts, with a focus on producers, emerging theater companies and self-producing artists. Programs include monthly panels, workshops, a Producer Development and Mentorship Program, a new plays and new musicals reading series and a community e-blast of jobs, services, resources and theater events.

 

For inquiries about the event, email TRUStaff1@gmail.com or call 212-714-7628. For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-four year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition, Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as actor workshops.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens; and with support from the Montage Foundation and the Friars National Association Foundation.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call (212) 714-7628.

 

Big Apple Circus
Returns to Lincoln Center with the World Premiere of
The Grand Tour
October 21, 2015 – January 10, 2016

New York, NY (August 31, 2015) – Big Apple Circus returns to the Big Top at Lincoln Center for the company’s 38th season with the World Premiere of its all-new show, The Grand Tour! Tickets start at $25, and the show runs from October 21, 2015 to January 10, 2016. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began to tour the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on their own whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each of more than 100 performances.

“Awe-Inspiring!” – The New York Times

“There’s no shortage of thrills…Fun for all!” – New York Post

“The Finest Up-Close Circus in America.” – Variety

“America’s Best Circus for Children” – Parents Magazine

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasini with hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

The Grand Tour, conceived and created by Joel Jeske, is directed by Mark Lonergan (artistic director of Parallel Exit, the three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company) with associate director and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo. Musical direction by Rob Slowik with clown material created and directed by Joel Jeske. Set and lighting design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Oana Botez, and props design by Katie Fleming.

As a nonprofit performing arts institution, the Big Apple Circus is committed not only to thrilling audiences in the ring, but also to bringing the joy and wonder of circus into the community. Big Apple Circus creates direct, shared connections inside its one-ring Big Top AND in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, in its New York City home and in cities across America.

“These performers, many from circus dynasties, preserve an important tradition, reinforced by the nonprofit Big Apple Circus’s commendable community-service activities, notably the
Clown Care program, which entertains hospitalized children. This company … doesn’t only have awe-inspiring acrobatic skills; it has a lot of heart, too.”
– The New York Times, 2014 Critics’ Pick

Big Apple Circus Clown Care® brings the joy of classical circus to hospitalized children at 15 leading pediatric facilities across the United States. Performers collaborate with doctors and staff to design a program to fit the needs of each hospital. Members of the Clown Care team bring the healing power of humor to children with acute and chronic illnesses, visiting nearly 225,000 young patients every year.

Big Apple Circus offers a specially adapted performance of the show, Circus of the Senses, for children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and/or other disabilities. American Sign Language interpreters are positioned in spotlights throughout the tent, and wireless audio headsets transmit a live audio play-by-play description of the action in the ring. Braille or large-print descriptive programs are available for audience members. A “touch session” after the show offers a unique opportunity for pre-selected groups of visually impaired children to go into the ring to meet the artists and literally feel a clown nose, a juggler's clubs, or the silky coat of a performing dog. Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism provides performances with modified lighting and sound as well as a staffed calming center, to meet the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Inclusion is a core value at Big Apple Circus, which is dedicated to delivering the finest circus entertainment to everyone, regardless of physical or cognitive ability, or economic circumstance.

Circus for All!® distributes free and subsidized tickets to schools and nonprofit organizations serving low-income children and families, enabling many of them to experience the excitement and wonder of the circus for the very first time.

Circus After School® teaches kids life skills such as teamwork, responsible risk-taking, and perseverance, through a structured program of learning and performing circus arts.


About Big Apple Circus
(Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director; Guillaume Dufresnoy, Artistic Director)
Conceived and founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen to be a leading presenter of live family entertainment and a nonprofit performing arts institution, our nation-wide performances and community programs have made our 38-year history far-reaching and full. It all began in 1974, when American entertainers Binder and Christensen became juggling partners and took to the street corners of Europe. Their comedic juggling act was a hit, and they soon found themselves on the stage of the prestigious Nouveau Cirque de Paris. They returned home to America in 1976 with a vision: to entertain and improve the lives of millions of American children and families. One year later, they found a site for the first tent-raising in Battery Park, New York, and went on to create the award-winning, nonprofit Big Apple Circus. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

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Big Apple Circus
Rings in the New Year
With a Special New Year’s Eve Performance of
The Grand Tour
December 31, 2015 at 9:30pm

New York, NY – Big Apple Circus rings in the New Year with a Special New Year’s Eve Performance of The Grand Tour on December 31, 2015 at 9:30pm.

Count down to the New Year under the Big Top at Lincoln Center with Big Apple Circus at our special New Year's Eve show! Enjoy a full performance of the company’s 38th season World Premiere show, The Grand Tour. Goody bags will be handed out, along with champagne — sparkling cider for the little ones — just as the show ends and the countdown to the New Year begins. Afterwards, enjoy dancing in the ring with the Big Apple Circus Band playing live. It's the best party in town for kids of all ages! If your children are old enough to stay up until midnight, but not ready to be out on their own, this is the perfect family way to ring in the New Year. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve show start at $55 and can be purchased online at www.bigapplecircus.org.

The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began to tour the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies, and more; the troupe sets off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each of more than 100 performances.

“The Grand Tour is a first-class jaunt.” – The New York Times

“A class act … Sophisticated and beautiful.” – The Village Voice

“Polished and fun.” – Daily News

“The Finest Up-Close Circus in America.” – Variety

“America’s Best Circus for Children.” – Parents Magazine

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasini with hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

The Grand Tour, conceived and created by Joel Jeske, is directed by Mark Lonergan (artistic director of Parallel Exit, the three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company) with associate director and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo. Musical direction by Rob Slowik with clown material created and directed by Joel Jeske. Set and lighting design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Oana Botez, and props design by Katie Fleming.

As a nonprofit performing arts institution, the Big Apple Circus is committed not only to thrilling audiences in the ring, but also to bringing the joy and wonder of circus into the community. Big Apple Circus creates direct, shared connections inside its one-ring Big Top AND in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, in its New York City home and in cities across America.

“These performers, many from circus dynasties, preserve an important tradition, reinforced by the nonprofit Big Apple Circus’s commendable community-service activities, notably the
Clown Care program, which entertains hospitalized children. This company … doesn’t only have awe-inspiring acrobatic skills; it has a lot of heart, too.”
– The New York Times, 2014 Critics’ Pick

Big Apple Circus Clown Care® brings the joy of classical circus to hospitalized children at 15 leading pediatric facilities across the United States. Performers collaborate with doctors and staff to design a program to fit the needs of each hospital. Members of the Clown Care team bring the healing power of humor to children with acute and chronic illnesses, visiting nearly 225,000 young patients every year.

Big Apple Circus offers a specially adapted performance of the show, Circus of the Senses, for children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and/or other disabilities. American Sign Language interpreters are positioned in spotlights throughout the tent, and wireless audio headsets transmit a live audio play-by-play description of the action in the ring. Braille or large-print descriptive programs are available for audience members. A “touch session” after the show offers a unique opportunity for pre-selected groups of visually impaired children to go into the ring to meet the artists and literally feel a clown nose, a juggler's clubs, or the silky coat of a performing dog. Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism provides performances with modified lighting and sound as well as a staffed calming center, to meet the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Inclusion is a core value at Big Apple Circus, which is dedicated to delivering the finest circus entertainment to everyone, regardless of physical or cognitive ability, or economic circumstance.

Circus for All!® distributes free and subsidized tickets to schools and nonprofit organizations serving low-income children and families, enabling many of them to experience the excitement and wonder of the circus for the very first time.

Circus After School® teaches kids life skills such as teamwork, responsible risk-taking, and perseverance, through a structured program of learning and performing circus arts.


About Big Apple Circus
(Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director; Guillaume Dufresnoy, Artistic Director)
Conceived and founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen to be a leading presenter of live family entertainment and a nonprofit performing arts institution, our nationwide performances and community programs have made our 38-year history far-reaching and full. It all began in 1974, when American entertainers Binder and Christensen became juggling partners and took to the street corners of Europe. Their comedic juggling act was a hit, and they soon found themselves on the stage of the prestigious Nouveau Cirque de Paris. They returned home to America in 1976 with a vision: to entertain and improve the lives of millions of American children and families. One year later, they found a site for the first tent-raising in Battery Park, New York, and went on to create the award-winning, nonprofit Big Apple Circus. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

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Big Apple Circus
Welcomes Guest Ringmaster
WNBC “Weekend Today in NY” Theater Expert
Steve Schonberg
December 18, 2015 at 6:30pm at Lincoln Center

New York, NY- Big Apple Circus welcomes Guest Ringmaster Steve Schonberg to the Big Top at Lincoln Center on December 18, 2015 at 6:30pm for the company's 38th season with the World Premiere of its all-new show, The Grand Tour.

Steve Schonberg is the editor-in-chief of Center on the Aisle (centerontheaisle.com), a top theater web destination that brings fans closer to the shows and stars they love through reviews and in-depth feature interviews. An award-winning media personality, journalist, and lifelong theater fan, he can be seen regularly on Sundays on WNBC “Weekend Today in New York,” sharing news, tips, and helpful insider perspective about the city’s abundant theater scene.

“The Big Apple Circus is an authentic New York institution and one of our time-honored theatrical traditions,” Schonberg said. “I’ve loved the Big Apple Circus for more than 30 years, first as a kid growing up here in New York, and now as a theater expert. There’s a shortlist of ongoing or returning productions you can point to and say with confidence that it’s going to be an incredible show. This is one of my favorites.”

Steve Schonberg created Center on the Aisle with the mission of helping theater fans connect with shows they’ll love and gain deeper insights on the stars they admire. As a child, Schonberg longed to know about the stars he saw on stage, and as he grew up, he realized that part of the magic – from the circus to Broadway – was how performers transform nightly and share their superhuman talents to entertain an audience. With this in mind, he presents in-depth, insightful, and personal interviews, revealing what drives these artists, and in doing so exposes universal and relatable themes that encourage loyalty to the theater art form. He does this alongside his staff of 15 writers, who present clear, objective, and easily-digestible show reviews to help anyone at any level of theater appreciation make an informed and confident ticket buying decision – with the goal of ensuring they’ll return for another production.

Schonberg’s interviews have also been featured on TODAY.com, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere, with celebrities such as Gloria Estefan, Barry Manilow, Jordin Sparks, Brian Dennehy, Laura Benanti, Eric Idle, Darren Criss and Jonathan Groff, among more than 100 other stars.

The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began touring the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each of more than 100 performances.

"The Grand Tour is a first-class jaunt." - The New York Times

"A class act ... Sophisticated and beautiful." - The Village Voice

"Polished and fun." - Daily News

"The Finest Up-Close Circus in America." - Variety

"America's Best Circus for Children." - Parents Magazine

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasini with hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

The Grand Tour, conceived and created by Joel Jeske, is directed by Mark Lonergan (artistic director of Parallel Exit, the three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company) with associate director and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo. Musical direction by Rob Slowik, with clown material created and directed by Joel Jeske. Set and lighting design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Oana Botez, and props design by Katie Fleming.

As a nonprofit performing arts institution, the Big Apple Circus is committed not only to thrilling audiences in the ring, but also to bringing the joy and wonder of circus into the community. Big Apple Circus creates direct, shared connections inside its one-ring Big Top AND in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, in its New York City home and in cities across America.

"These performers, many from circus dynasties, preserve an important tradition, reinforced by the nonprofit Big Apple Circus's commendable community-service activities, notably the Clown Care program, which entertains hospitalized children. This company ... doesn't only have awe-inspiring acrobatic skills; it has a lot of heart, too."
- The New York Times, 2014 Critics' Pick

Big Apple Circus Clown Care® brings the joy of classical circus to hospitalized children at 15 leading pediatric facilities across the United States. Performers collaborate with doctors and staff to design a program to fit the needs of each hospital. Members of the Clown Care team bring the healing power of humor to children with acute and chronic illnesses, visiting nearly 225,000 young patients every year.

Big Apple Circus offers a specially adapted performance of the show, Circus of the Senses, for children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and/or other disabilities. American Sign Language interpreters are positioned in spotlights throughout the tent, and wireless audio headsets transmit a live audio play-by-play description of the action in the ring. Braille or large-print descriptive programs are available for audience members. A "touch session" after the show offers a unique opportunity for pre-selected groups of visually impaired children to go into the ring to meet the artists and literally feel a clown nose, a juggler's clubs, or the silky coat of a performing dog. Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism provides performances with modified lighting and sound as well as a staffed calming center, to meet the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Inclusion is a core value at the Big Apple Circus, which is dedicated to delivering the finest circus entertainment to everyone, regardless of physical or cognitive ability, or economic circumstance.

Circus for All!®distributes free and subsidized tickets to schools and nonprofit organizations serving low-income children and families, enabling many of them to experience the excitement and wonder of the circus for the very first time.

Circus After School®teaches kids life skills such as teamwork, responsible risk-taking, and perseverance, through a structured program of learning and performing circus arts.

About Big Apple Circus
(Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director; Guillaume Dufresnoy, Artistic Director)
Conceived and founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen to be a leading presenter of live family entertainment and a nonprofit performing arts institution, our nation-wide performances and community programs have made our 38-year history far-reaching and full. It all began in 1974, when American entertainers Binder and Christensen became juggling partners and took to the street corners of Europe. Their comedic juggling act was a hit, and they soon found themselves on the stage of the prestigious Nouveau Cirque de Paris. They returned home to America in 1976 with a vision: to entertain and improve the lives of millions of American children and families. One year later, they found a site for the first tent-raising in Battery Park, New York, and went on to create the award-winning, nonprofit Big Apple Circus. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

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Big Apple Circus
Welcomes Guest Ringmaster
WNYC’s Dan Pashman
December 13, 2015 at 12:30pm at Lincoln Center

New York, NY– Big Apple Circus welcomes Guest Ringmaster Dan Pashman to the Big Top at Lincoln Center on December 13, 2015 at 12:30pm for the company’s 38th season with the World Premiere of its all-new show, The Grand Tour.

Dan Pashman is the creator and host of WNYC's James Beard Award-nominated food podcast, “The Sporkful,” which explores the huge, fun world of food and eating that lies beyond the realm of chefs, restaurants and recipes. It’s not for foodies, it's for eaters.

“I went to the Big Apple Circus as a kid, and I still get giddy now when I bring my kids. I love the clowns, the acrobats, the music, and of course, the food,” said Dan Pashman. “Molecular gastronomy has yet to come up with anything as amazing as cotton candy.”

Dan Pashman started “The Sporkful” as a hobby, but since it launched in 2010, it's grown into the #1 food podcast on iTunes. Typical Sporkful topics include sandwich engineering, the horror of office fridge food theft, the science of chocolate, etiquette and ethics in nacho consumption, and the ideal surface-area-to-volume ratio of ice cubes. You know, the important things. Dan is also the host of Cooking Channel's James Beard Award-nominated web series “You're Eating It Wrong,” and a contributor to NPR, Slate, BuzzFeed, and LA's KCRW. His first book, Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious, was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster. Before starting “The Sporkful,” Dan worked as a radio and print journalist and producer covering news, politics, music, and culture for NPR, Vanity Fair, Slate, and The Washington Post. He's reported from the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries and the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay. Dan is originally from Upper Saddle River, NJ. He is a graduate of Tufts University and currently lives outside New York City with his wife and two daughters.

The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began touring the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each of more than 100 performances.

“The Grand Tour is a first-class jaunt.” – The New York Times

“A class act … Sophisticated and beautiful.” – The Village Voice

“Polished and fun.” – Daily News

“The Finest Up-Close Circus in America.” – Variety

“America’s Best Circus for Children.” – Parents Magazine

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasini with hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

The Grand Tour, conceived and created by Joel Jeske, is directed by Mark Lonergan (artistic director of Parallel Exit, the three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company) with associate director and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo. Musical direction by Rob Slowik with clown material created and directed by Joel Jeske. Set and lighting design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Oana Botez, and props design by Katie Fleming.

As a nonprofit performing arts institution, the Big Apple Circus is committed not only to thrilling audiences in the ring, but also to bringing the joy and wonder of circus into the community. Big Apple Circus creates direct, shared connections inside its one-ring Big Top AND in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, in its New York City home and in cities across America.

“These performers, many from circus dynasties, preserve an important tradition, reinforced by the nonprofit Big Apple Circus’s commendable community-service activities, notably the
Clown Care program, which entertains hospitalized children. This company … doesn’t only have awe-inspiring acrobatic skills; it has a lot of heart, too.”
– The New York Times, 2014 Critics’ Pick

Big Apple Circus Clown Care® brings the joy of classical circus to hospitalized children at 15 leading pediatric facilities across the United States. Performers collaborate with doctors and staff to design a program to fit the needs of each hospital. Members of the Clown Care team bring the healing power of humor to children with acute and chronic illnesses, visiting nearly 225,000 young patients every year.

Big Apple Circus offers a specially adapted performance of the show, Circus of the Senses, for children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and/or other disabilities. American Sign Language interpreters are positioned in spotlights throughout the tent, and wireless audio headsets transmit a live audio play-by-play description of the action in the ring. Braille or large-print descriptive programs are available for audience members. A “touch session” after the show offers a unique opportunity for pre-selected groups of visually impaired children to go into the ring to meet the artists and literally feel a clown nose, a juggler's clubs, or the silky coat of a performing dog. Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism provides performances with modified lighting and sound as well as a staffed calming center, to meet the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Inclusion is a core value at Big Apple Circus, which is dedicated to delivering the finest circus entertainment to everyone, regardless of physical or cognitive ability, or economic circumstance.

Circus for All!® distributes free and subsidized tickets to schools and nonprofit organizations serving low-income children and families, enabling many of them to experience the excitement and wonder of the circus for the very first time.

Circus After School® teaches kids life skills such as teamwork, responsible risk-taking, and perseverance, through a structured program of learning and performing circus arts.

About Big Apple Circus
(Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director; Guillaume Dufresnoy, Artistic Director)
Conceived and founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen to be a leading presenter of live family entertainment and a nonprofit performing arts institution, our nation-wide performances and community programs have made our 38-year history far-reaching and full. It all began in 1974, when American entertainers Binder and Christensen became juggling partners and took to the street corners of Europe. Their comedic juggling act was a hit, and they soon found themselves on the stage of the prestigious Nouveau Cirque de Paris. They returned home to America in 1976 with a vision: to entertain and improve the lives of millions of American children and families. One year later, they found a site for the first tent-raising in Battery Park, New York, and went on to create the award-winning, nonprofit Big Apple Circus. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.


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New York, NY – November 6, 2015 –Big Apple Circus will host its annual Holiday Season Family Benefit, a special event that raises funds for the nonprofit performing arts institution’s community programs, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 under the Big Top in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center (62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), featuring comedian Jim Gaffigan as Guest Ringmaster.

The event begins with a pre-show reception at 3:30pm, where attendees will learn circus skills, clown around with strolling performers, and enjoy refreshments, followed by a performance of The Grand Tour at 4:30pm. A post-show party concludes the day, with music and dessert in the ring with the artists. Tickets start at $50. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Eva Koshel, ekoshel@bigapplecircus.org or (646) 616-6845.

Proceeds from the Family Benefit support Big Apple Circus artistry in the ring and the nonprofit’s exceptional community programs in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, in NYC and across America. This year, The Grand Tour will reach more then 300,000 under the Big Top, and community programs will serve more than 250,000 pediatric patients, nursing home residents, and physically, cognitively, or economically challenged children, families, and seniors.

LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE: Kim Ladota Bozzella, Mary Jane and Charles Brock, Gabrielle and Eric Brown and Family, Prather and Jake Claghorn, Stephanie and Fred Clark, Samantha Rudin Earls and David Earls, Molly and Frank Green, The Goldenheim Family, Ron and Peggy Gross, Robin Henry and Jonathan Goodman, Patricia Keim and Peter Weingard, Virginia and Richard Keim, Alice and Jeffrey Keimweiss, Kimberly Kleinbaum, Gerald and Wendy Kleinbaum, The Clifford/Levy Family, Rick and Dee Mayberry, Susan May-McLean and Family, Jacqueline and Alan Mitchell, Gabriel Nussbaum and Elizabeth Wood, Brooke and John Paduano, Nancy and Dan Paduano, Philip and Wendy Renshaw-Lewis, Pia and Jimmy Zankel.

SPONSORS: Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; Mary Jane Brock Family Foundation; The Goldenheim Family; May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; Pia & Jimmy Zankel; BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Falcon Management Corporation/James Leitner; Ron & Peggy Gross; Virginia & Richard Keim; Rick & Dee Mayberry; Nancy and Dan Paduano; John Tonelli & Victor Lalli.

Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. Recently, he wrapped the first season of his semi-fictitious television show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, which TV Land just picked up for a second season. The series, lauded by The Los Angeles Times as “fun and
funny,” and People Magazine as “one of summer TV’s bright spots,” was developed by Gaffigan and his wife, Jeannie, who both also serve as executive producers. The single-camera comedy co-stars Ashley Williams, Michael Ian Black, and Adam Goldberg and revolves around one man’s struggle to balance fatherhood, stand-up comedy, and an insatiable appetite.
With multiple projects in motion, Gaffigan is currently traveling the country on behalf of his stand-up tour, Contagious, and will headline Madison Square Garden for the first time on December 12th. On September 26th of this year, Gaffigan had the honor of performing in front of Pope Francis and over one million festival attendees at the Festival of Families.
Gaffigan’s fourth special (Beyond the Pale -2006, King Baby -2009, Mr. Universe -2012), Obsessed, premiered on Comedy Central in 2014, and the DVD/CD was released soon after by Comedy Central Records. Obsessed premiered at #1 on iTunes, which marked the fifth time Gaffigan reached the Top 25 Comedy category on iTunes. The album also earned a nomination for ‘Best Comedy Album of the Year’ at the 2015 Grammy Awards. In 2013, Jim’s first book, Dad Is Fat, was released by Crown Publishing and debuted at #5 on The New York Times Best Sellers List and remained on the list for 17 weeks. His second book, Food: A Love Story, was released in the fall of 2014 and debuted at #3 on The New York Times Best Sellers List. In addition to his TV show, widely popular stand-up comedy, and best-selling books, Jim has also made guest appearances on many TV comedies and dramas, ranging from Portlandia to HBO's cult hits Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, to dramatic roles in all three versions of Law & Order. He will also co-star in Magnolia Picture’s The Experimenter, which debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and opened in limited release on October 16, 2015. Gaffigan was born in Elgin, Illinois, and is the youngest of sixth children. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children.

Big Apple Circus returns to the Big Top at Lincoln Center for the company’s 38th season with the World Premiere of its all-new show. The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began to tour the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on its own whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each of more than 100 performances.

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasini with hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

The Grand Tour, conceived and created by Joel Jeske, is directed by Mark Lonergan (artistic director of Parallel Exit, the three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company) with associate director and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo. Musical direction by Rob Slowik with clown material created and directed by Joel Jeske. Set and lighting design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Oana Botez, and props design by Katie Fleming.

About Big Apple Circus
(Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director; Guillaume Dufresnoy, Artistic Director) Conceived and founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen to be a leading presenter of live family entertainment and a nonprofit performing arts institution, our nation-wide performances and community programs have made our 38-year history far-reaching and full. It all began in 1974, when American entertainers Binder and Christensen became juggling partners and took to the street corners of Europe. Their comedic juggling act was a hit, and they soon found themselves on the stage of the prestigious Nouveau Cirque de Paris. They returned home to America in 1976 with a vision: to entertain and improve the lives of millions of American children and families. One year later, they found a site for the first tent-raising in Battery Park, New York, and went on to create the award-winning, nonprofit Big Apple Circus. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.


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